Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Yes - The Way Forward

I'm voting Yes To Equality on May 22nd 2015.

I look forward to raising my child in an environment that respects equality, where discrimination doesn't ruin so many lives, where doing what makes them happy isn't questioned. I want them to live in a world where they know that everybody is a unique individual but also an equal.

I look forward to my child falling in love for the first time, feeling that overwhelming, glorious sense of nothing else matters in the world except for this other person.

I may not look forward to the first crushing heart break but when that happens, as always, I will be there for my child to help them through.

I look forward to the day I see my child grow up and find someone they want to share the rest of their lives with.

I look forward to the day where I will be bursting with pride watching my child marry that person they have chosen to be their partner for life.

I look forward to the day I see my child become a parent, where I get to be a grandparent, helping my child and their partner along that road of parenthood, just like my parents are helping me.

I look forward to all of this whether my son falls in love with a man or a woman, the sex of that person is irrelevant to me. What is relevant to me is my son's happiness and by voting Yes on May 22nd 2015, I am doing my bit to ensure that the future ahead of him is a fair one, one where equality is recognised.

For me it's simple, Yes is the way forward.

Monday, 18 May 2015

The A-Z Of Me

Thanks to the lovely My Little Babog for the tag in the A-Z of Me, I love reading and writing these kind of posts!

Here we go:

A - I can't eat Apples with the skin on, they have to peeled, cored and cut up into pieces
B - I always said if I was going to have a baby, I'd love just one and to have a Boy..and I have him :)
C - I don't like Cats, except for my mother's cat, Socks
D - I Dye my own hair all of the time, well my mother does and it's been all different colours
E - One of my middle names is Emma
F - I very briefly owned a 1986 Ford Falcon
G - I have a pink Guitar and started playing when I was 11, not in front of many people though because I was way too shy
H - I've owned 3 Honda Civic's, one hatchback and 2 coupes, they were the loud boy racer type ones too!
I - I moved to Ireland when I was 6, before that we used to holiday here every year.
J - Jimmy Eat World, my favourite band
K - Katie, my 12 year old niece and also my best buddy who's company I cold never tire of, she always brightens up my day
L - Obviously this one is for Luke, the fabulous almost 2 year old that belongs to me. My world.
M - Make up, I really don't feel like I can tackle the world without my eyebrows and eyeliner on
N - Nits or lice or ticks whatever you want to call them, they always remind me of my time in Australia when I walked out of my room to see my 2 hippy housemates, who spent most of their time naked or on acid or both, picking nits out of the guys dreadlocks. An image forever engrained in my memory!
O - Omega 3, I take one everyday along with Vitamin B6
P - I have my tongue Pierced
Q - Queenstown aka Cobh, my hometown
R - Red is my favourite colour
S - I fractured my Spine in a car accident when I was 20
T - I got my first Tattoo on my 18th birthday and now have 8, the most recent one taking 9 hours to do
U - Underground, the Tube in London, the Metro in France, any kind of transport underground like this really freaks me out
V - Victoria Frances and Luis Royo are 2 of my favourite artists
W - I can't imagine never living by the sea, I love being surrounded by Water
X - X-ray, yeah I've had a few of those. (X is a really tough letter!)
Y - Vote Yes. Simples
Z - I've never been to Dublin Zoo but I want to go (Z is also a tough letter!)

I tag Inspired By Motherhood :)

Friday, 1 May 2015

Me & Mine April

What a whirlwind of a month April was! It completely slipped my mind to post yesterday but better late than never eh?!
We had our Easter celebrations at the beginning of the month. As always this included a couple of Easter egg hunts. We went to our first one in Fota Gardens, it was an Alice in Wonderland themed one and really good. We went along with some friends and Luke walked for most of it, I thought he might get tired and need his buggy but we didn't bring it and he was fine. The other one was in my parents, as it is every year. My Dad hides all the eggs and treats and Luke and his 3 cousins go off and find them. Of course Luke had a helping hand from his Dad! There is still Easter eggs on the kitchen table so I will more than likely turn them into rice krispie cakes soon.
April also saw us celebrating my niece, Katie's, confirmation day. We had a wonderful time, I did her hair for that morning and she was all decked out in her new dress. There was a party in my parents that afternoon with lots of cake and a bouncy castle, it was a bit windy but a great day. The best part was giving her the One Direction tickets we had all got for her as a present. She was delighted and I'm taking her in October, she hasn't stopped talking about it since!
As I posted yesterday we were also at the first ever Irish Parenting Blog Awards in Dublin. It was a great weekend away, a bit of us time for me and the OH and an opportunity to meet some of my fellow bloggers. I'm looking forward to next years event already!
April also sees the end of my 4 day week at work for the time being. From May onwards I am back to 5 days a week. I'm trying not to think about it too much because I hate the extra ay away form Luke but hopefully I will be so busy the time will fly.

I can't get how grown up Luke looks in this month's pictures, his personality is shining through in these pictures and he's becoming such an independent little guy who's now repeating everything we say. He's such a little charmer and knows exactly when to flash that cheeky grin of his.

Here we are in April:

This month Luke loves:

  • His new Fireman Sam backpack
  • Raisins and rice cakes, all day every day
  • Cereal before bed
This month Dad loves:
  • Getting an instant tan as soon as the sun peaks through
  • Playing football matches
  • Going to the cinema for Fast and the Furious
This month Mum loves:
  • Dying my hair a different colour
  • Sorting through all my old teenage stuff in my parents house
  • Seeing some sunshine

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Glenisk Irish Parenting Blog Awards 2015

So April 25th was the night of the first ever Glenisk Irish Parenting Blog Awards or #IPBawards as it was famously trending as over on Twitter.
These awards were set up to celebrate the Irish parenting bloggers who are taking the blogging world by storm and by god did the organisers do a good job.
These awesome people: Mama.ieMind The BabyThe Airing CupboardDolly DowsieAt The ClotheslineThe Busy Mamas and Raising Elves were the stars of the show (alongside the award winners too!) and together they put an amazing night together.
The venue was Odessa on Dame Court in Dublin, The food was delicious, the wine was extremely pleasant to sip (gulp) down and the venue was the perfect size for all of the awards attendees. We began with drinks and food in the restaurant and then moved upstairs to the roof top bar for the presentation of the awards (and some more wine, it was really good!)
On arrival we were given a goodie bag with some pretty amazing goodies in them, take a look:

How awesome are the personalised #IPBawards One4all cards?! The OH won €50 on one of them, I will be helping him spend it! The blog goodie bag itself is epic, "Blog when the baby sleeps!" usually the only time I get to do it anyway! I'm in love with  the Glenisk "Eat Blog Love" apron and I will be putting it to use in the kitchen. Luke was totally impressed with the Lottie doll from MyKidsTime although I had to keep it away from his little hands until I managed to grab a picture. The folks over at MyKidsTime are offering a 10% discount (use code IPBA2015) on these fabulous dolls until May 31st. Why not head on over there and grab one for yourself?! I really want the Rockabilly one.

 I was delighted to see such worthy finalists shortlisted for the 10 categories and happy for all of the winners, maybe slightly envious of their super cool award that came in the shape of a special IPB teapot designed by the talented Colorines Wonderful. You can view the winners of the 2015 awards here as well as the lovely sponsors.

The main thing for me was finally getting to meet some of the wonderful people I have been conversing with online within the group for over a year and a half now, to finally put some faces to the names and to meet the talented folks behind each blog. They were all as lovely as I imagined and the atmosphere on the night was fantastic. I don't think the event gone have gone any better.

So, have we a date set for the 2016 Irish Parenting Blog Awards?! 

(Ps. Yes I know it's Thursday and I'm only posting about it now and yes I know it's almost a week since the event but it's taken me this long to fully recover!)

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

As I Lay Him Down To Sleep

Night time cuddles with my boy are few and far between at the moment. We've had the same bedtime routine since he was tiny, a nice bath, his bottle in his darkened bedroom with Pachbel Canon in D playing softly in the background while I sit in the rocking chair with him. Before it was a good half hour of cuddles after the bottle, these days he's no sooner finished the bottle and he says "Bed, mam" and in he goes into his cot, not a bother on him. 
A few nights ago however, after a long and fun filled day that involved family time, cupcakes and a bouncy castle he needed those Mammy cuddles to help ease his little over tired self off into the land of nod. Bedtime is my favourite part of the day, not for the usual reasons of being able to actually get things done or having 5 minutes to myself but for those few moments we have together where he's still and relaxed and wants no one but me. It's also a time where my inner lioness comes out and my protective streak is ever present
As I look down at him, shuffling into a comfy position to snuggle into me with his not 1 but 2 bears tucked under his chin, I feel a wash of panic sweep over me. As I watched his eyes get heavy, opening and closing each time he heard his Daddy going out the back door to water the garden, I fear for his future. Will he achieve everything he wants to? Will he be successful in school? Will he have good, honest, reliable friends? Will he go through his childhood years happily? I hope he's never excluded or made to feel inadequate. How can I ensure that he never has to suffer hurt or heartache or sadness needlessly?
That mother's instinct in me was on high alert as all of these thoughts rush through my head, Luke oblivious to my internal worry. 
He makes a big sigh and I can see his body relaxing that little bit more as he's slipping further into a slumber, his eyelids have stopped flickering and he is breathing at a slower pace, still tightly grasping his 2 bears.
I rub his cheek and my eyes fill up as I think about how's there's nothing in this world I wouldn't do to protect him, how being away from him to go to work 4 days a week almost kills me sometimes but knowing I'd do whatever it takes to ensure he has all he needs.
His grip on the bears has loosened and the sucking of the dummy has stopped, he's in that deep sleep now and ready to be put into his bed for the night ahead but I sit there with him just a little longer. I sit there taking in all of his loveliness, all of his innocence and I cherish this moment because I know they will soon be over. 
Slowly I stand up, keeping him tucked up in my arms and gently put him into his bed, he shuffles a little more, getting into position, I can see him feeling for his blanket so I tuck it in around him and he's out like a light. Smoothing over his hair, I steal one last kiss from him and I creep out of the room anxious for my little boy and his path in life but also happy, so wonderfully happy that he's mine.